Remembering Gianni Giansanti

A tribute to the late photographer who chronicled the life of Pope John Paul II

Gianni Giansanti / Polaris

Photographer Gianni Giansanti meets Pope John Paul II during the reportage " The day of Pope John Paul II".

For a man who spent much of three decades taking pictures of the first non-Italian Pope in centuries, Gianni Giansanti broke big into photojournalism by capturing one of the most indelible and traumatic images in modern Italian history. On May 9, 1978, Giansanti, then 21 and working for the Sygma photo agency, rushed to the scene in the center of historic Rome, on the Via Michelangelo Caetani, when the body of Aldo Moro was found in the trunk of a Renault, looking as if he were asleep but the victim of a cruel murder. The five time premier of Italy had...

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